We have some fantastic news!
Spooky Season is returning to Walt Disney World in the form of a brand-new event at Magic Kingdom called Disney After Hours Boo Bash.
Of course, we are sad to see the popular Mickeys Not-So-Scary Halloween Party be put on hold for yet another year. But, we are very excited to see some of the best pieces (like trick-or-treating!) return for this 2021 stand-in.
Here’s everything you need to know including dates, prices, and our tips for making the most of your event ticket.
What is Disney After Hours Boo Bash?
Magic Kingdom even had 2 different versions: a “regular” version which just granted guests access to nearly all attractions in the park with little to no wait, and a villains-themed version which included special entertainment and food offerings, too.
This new option (which draws a lot of inspiration from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party) makes the 3rd different type of After Hours event held at Magic Kingdom.
Much like the After Hours events from the past, the new Disney After Hours Boo Bash at Magic Kingdom will give guests access to attractions and “free” food.
In addition, there will also be lots of decorations, chances to see characters (no meet & greets, though), and even some fun Halloween-themed cavalcades.
And the best part?
These events have a reduced capacity which means the lines for all your favorite attractions are typically extremely short. More on all of that below.
Dates, cost, and times for Disney After Hours BOO BASH
Are you visiting Walt Disney World between August and October? If so, you’ll have lots of chances to check out one of the events.
Boo Bash will be held on 28 select nights for three hours each beginning Aug. 10 through Oct. 31.
Note: dates marked with an “*” are additional dates added by Disney after the initial release.
The event takes place from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on the following dates:
- Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021
- Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021
- Friday, Aug. 20, 2021
- Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021
- Friday, Aug. 27, 2021
- Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021
- Friday, Sept. 3, 2021
The event takes place from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. on the following dates:
- Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021*
- Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021
- Friday, Sept. 10, 2021
- Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021*
- Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021
- Friday, Sept. 17, 2021
- Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021*
- Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021
- Friday, Sept. 24, 2021
- Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021
- Friday, Oct. 8, 2021
- Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021*
- Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021
- Friday, Oct. 15, 2021
- Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021*
- Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
- Friday, Oct. 22, 2021
- Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021
- Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021
- Friday, Oct. 29, 2021
Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021(Sold out)
Boo Bash dates that have sold out
Unsurprisingly, the first night to sell out is Halloween. We do, however, expect to see more dates sell out in the upcoming weeks and months before the first party.
- Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021
Boo Bash Ticket prices are as follows:
- $129-$139 (plus tax) for August and September nights
- $159-$169 (plus tax) for October nights
- $199 (plus tax) for Oct. 31 event
Staying onsite at a Walt Disney World resort? Guests of select onsite resort hotels will be able to purchase tickets beginning June 8.
Everybody else will be able to purchase their tickets beginning on June 15, 2021.
You’ll be able to purchase tickets online or by calling 407-939-4240. Tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable.
There is no way around it, the tickets aren’t cheap. But, August and September prices are comparable to what we saw in the original events, which ranged from $129 up to $149.
Important note: Boo Bash does not require guests to have an additional day theme park ticket or a Disney Park Pass reservation. Also, those with Boo Bash tickets can get into Magic Kingdom as early as 7 p.m. on the night of the event they’re attending.
Are there discounts available?
Yes, although not as big as in previous years, Disney Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can receive a $10.00 discount per ticket for select nights in August and September.
What takes place during Disney After Hours BOO Bash
While you won’t find everything you’d typically see at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, there’s still a lot of fun to be had including:
This fan favorite returns with plenty of opportunities to collect Halloween candy throughout the park.
Of course, you’ll be able to see some decorations during the day, but in honor of Disney World’s 50th anniversary, expect the park to be decked out in “a fall look with the enchanting story of Cinderella by creating special pumpkin coach decorations that will add to the park’s sparkling EARidescence during this magical time.”
Who doesn’t love playing dressup?
Everybody that attends Boo Bash is welcome to dress up, as long as they follow Disney’s current costume policy:
- Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests.
- All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
- Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
- Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
- Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
- Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.
For guests ages 13 and under:
- Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.
For guests ages 14 and over:
- Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
- Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g.,full-length Princess dresses)
- Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
- Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
- Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
- Masks of any kind may not be worn.
Want more costume tips? Take a look at our Costume FAQ.
We love the Boo to You Parade at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but we don’t enjoy having to give up so much of our party time to secure a good viewing spot.
Cavalcades make it easier to see some of the best parade components without having to wait around.
Is it the same experience? No. But, having the option to see at least some floats is better than no parade at all.
For the Boo Bash, you’ll have several Halloween Cavalcades to see including:
- Mickey’s Happy Halloween Cavalcade (Mickey & friends in their Halloween attire)
- Disney’s Villains Halloween Cavalcade (Disney villains)
- Jack’s Nightmare Cavalcade (Jack Skellington, Sally, and Oogie Boogie)
- Maleficent (fire-breathing dragon float from the Festival of Fantasy parade)
You won’t be able to meet or hug your favorite characters, but they will be out and about in the park for you to see and take socially-distanced photos with.
While we don’t have a full line-up yet, expect to see favorites like Miss Carlotta (at the Haunted Mansion) and the Cadaver Dans.
Complimentary Snacks & Drinks
In addition to Halloween candy, like the other After Hours events you’ll also have access to complimentary popcorn, ice cream bars (including Mickey bars) and bottled beverages.
These are generally found in carts stationed throughout the park.
Prefer something fancier than a Mickey Bar or bag of popcorn?
It will cost you extra, but you’ll have plenty of specialty treats to choose from including an Apple Ginger Dale Frozen Drink (Frozen Apple Cider mixed with Ginger Ale and topped with Whipped Cream) and a Foolish Mortal Funnel Cake
PhotoPass photographers will be out and about taking both regular photos and Halloween-themed magic shots.
One of the main selling points to this event is the fact that the reduced capacity means you can knock out a bunch of attractions with little to no waits.
Although Disney hasn’t shared a complete list, based on previous events, here’s what we think will be open:
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Jungle Cruise
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- Enchanted Tiki Room
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Splash Mountain
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Haunted Mansion
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- The Barnstormer
- “it’s a small world”
- Mad Tea Party
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Astro Orbiter
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Space Mountain
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
And Here’s What’s NOT Available:
While many things will be open for the event, there are some things we feel fairly confident wont.
That includes all the attractions and character meet & greets that are already temporarily closed (marked with an * below) as well as a couple of others that haven’t been open for After Hours events in the past:
Main Street, U.S.A.
- Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater*
- Meet Tinkerbell at Town Square Theater*
- Enchanted Tales with Belle*
- Princess Fairytale Hall*
- The Hall of Presidents*
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor*
- Carousel of Progress
Tips for Boo Bash
- Don’t go into the evening tired. In fact, we recommend you either take a nice long break or skip a park all together on the day you’re scheduled to attend.
- Boo Bash tickets are expensive but you can save a bit of money on your trip by skipping purchasing a regular park ticket the day you plan to go. Use the day to rest up for the late night and since you’ll be able to enter Magic Kingdom at 7 pm you’ll have about 5 hours to explore the park with minimal waits.
- The carts with the free treats and drinks at the front of the park can develop long lines so if you can, try a cart away from the Hub area for shorter waits.
- Boo Bash almost over? Grab a bottle or two of beverages to take back to your hotel.
- Have a PhotoPass photographer snap your pic on Main Street on the way out. Gotta take advantage of having almost nobody in the park to clutter up your photo!